Going Beyond Scores

Use test data to help students succeed

Your students’ scores on assessments are just a piece of who they are and what they need. Results from the ACT® test can help you start filling in the rest. Because the ACT is a curriculum- and standards-based assessment, high school administrators, teachers, and counselors can use test results to improve school and district curriculum and instructional practices, determine educational interventions, and assist in educational and career planning.

  • Combined with ACT Explore® and ACT Plan® data, ACT results help educators monitor academic growth from grades 8 through 12 and better identify when and where students get off target.
  • Determining how content area scores align to the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards can help educators improve curriculum and instructional tools.
  • Scores from ACT assessments can be used throughout the high school years to help counselors with student course planning and provide direction for post-high school plans.


Administering the ACT

Administering the ACT through ACT State and District Testing gives you data to help inform curriculum decisions and intervention strategies.

Resources and Materials

Help your students prepare for the ACT with information about registration, preparing for test day, and using test results.

Free Streaming Events

Learn about steps you can take before and after the ACT test

Check out three free online events designed to help you improve your skills for the ACT® test—and learn how to use your score report to start thinking about your next steps.


The ACT High School Reporting

Understanding the report

The ACT High School Report provides comprehensive information about a student's needs, interests, background, and abilities.

Each report includes the following sections:

  • Identifying Information
  • Scores and Predictive Data
  • College Readiness
  • Information about Colleges
  • College Selection Items
  • Educational and Vocational Plans
  • Educational Needs and Interests
  • Interest Inventory Scores and Map Regions

See a sample high school report for a test taken prior to September 2015.


Sample Report

By examining the different sections and pieces of information available, you can be ready to use the data provided on student reports when they start arriving.

High School Electronic Score Reporting

Electronic Student Record Layout

For 2015–2016:

The student record layout is the key to interpreting the file you receive from ACT. It identifies location, field name, and field content for each data element.

For Student Profile Section (SPS) items and response values noted in the layouts, please refer to the Student Information Booklet - 2015-2016 (PDF, 8 pages).

For responses to the new Country Code field on the layout, please refer to the Country Code List (PDF, 1 page).

Download ACT High School Electronic Score Reporting  Order Form

For 2016–2017:

March 2016 Communication

June 2016 Communication

High School Code Forms for Secondary Schools

An ACT/SAT Common High School Code allows students attending your school to send official ACT and SAT scores directly and automatically to your school. Forms are available here to apply for a code, to request name or address changes, or to indicate a school is no longer in operation. No payment is required for these services.

To Apply for an ACT/SAT Common High School Code

If your high school does not yet have a code:

  • Download the High School Code Request (PDF; 4 pages).
  • Complete the form and either:
    • Fax the form to ACT at 319.337.1735, or
    • Scan the completed form and email to ACTHighSchoolCodes@act.org

To Request a High School Name/Address Change

If your school already has a code, but you wish to submit changes or if your school has closed:

  • Download the High School File Change form (PDF; 2 pages)
  • Complete the form and either:
    • Fax the form to ACT at 319.337.1735, or
    • Scan the completed form and email to ACTHighSchoolCodes@act.org



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Phone:   319.341.2365

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ACT Online Prep

Preparing for the ACT anytime, anywhere

You’re already preparing to take the ACT with what you’re learning in school—but additional practice can help you do your best. ACT Online Prep gives you that additional practice wherever and whenever you want it. 


ACT Test Prep Resources

Are your students ready to test?

Your students are already prepping for the ACT with what they learn in school. But for an extra boost, we offer sample questions, guided test preparation, and insights about what to expect on the test.


Become an ACT Test Center

Helping students remove the guesswork in finding a test center

Your school can request to be a test center for students taking the ACT.

As a test center, your school provides:

  • A staff member to serve as the Test Supervisor
  • Other school staff willing to serve as room supervisors and proctors
  • Space for testing on ACT National Testing dates
  • Quiet areas—free from distractions and other events
  • Classrooms, preferably, with full-sized desks
  • Plenty of space between examinees, for security purposes
  • A secure location to store test materials

There are currently more than 7,500 ACT test centers in operation around the world, and more than 80 percent of them are operated in local high schools.

Become an ACT Test Center

Complete the ACT Test Center Request form if you would like your institution become an ACT Test Center.

The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2015

The number of ACT test takers continues to grow and be more diverse each year. In 2015, 59 percent of the US graduating class took the ACT. This report offers our annual look at college and career readiness and education plans for those students.


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